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a little bit of them. were spying on the e.u. european nations angered about finding out about the u.s. secret surveillance program monitoring them as well the n.s.a. defending itself by saying it was preventing terror. riot police lash out at protesters in turkey after the prime minister orders an end to an arrest within twenty four hours this as a fifth person confirmed to have died in the hospital. a massive media strike underway in greece where unions are protesting the shutdown of the state broadcaster as part of a cost cutting program. seven
pm in moscow i match reza good to have you with us here on our team news just in here to our t. a huge explosion has rocked a chemical plant in the southern u.s. town of geismar which is about one hundred kilometers from new orleans louisiana the blast followed by a massive fire in a mass evacuation so far we know that seven people have reportedly been injured but authorities fear there could be further casualties locals have been advised to keep the windows in their homes shut we'll bring you more news on this story as we get it in. u.s. secret global surveillance program revealed by cia whistleblower edward snowden's left many european states rattled after they became aware that they were being spied on as well among the most watched nations germany a fact chancellor angela merkel could bring up when president obama visits berlin next week a german member of the european parliament said the surveillance reminded him of the stasi secret police in east germany his colleague from neighboring austria says he was appalled accusing washington of doing whatever it wants italy's privacy
chief also expressed concern which he said would be illegal in his country and an egyptian freedom activist was shocked at how much his country was targeted the european commission though had been aware of the u.s. surveillance program for years and even tried to come up with laws to protect data but that was abandoned reportedly after lobbying from washington meaning and dravot a spokesperson for the european commissioner for justice says e.u. lawmakers should do more to protect their citizens. there are two tracks we're working on to enforce data protection within the european union the one track is our negotiations for an e.u. us data protection agreement with which we've been working with the americans now for two years and where this issue of access requests to data of european citizens has been evolved constantly for the past two years the second issue is the proposed you data protection reform that applies to the european union which was give us the right rules for the digital age because today's law dates back to pretty internet
times in one thousand five the current law on the table beefs up the protections for citizens in their opinion because it makes clear for the very first time that also u.s. companies will have to play by the european rules if they want to offer their services to european consumers and the prisms cando shows very well why data protection is not a luxury but it's a necessity and it's high time that we move up a gear that member states move up a gear in order to agree what on what has been on the table now since eighteen months following edward snowden's disclosures all our users became acutely aware of how closely they were being monitored sparked a search for ways to get around the system and keep web surfing private. as war on that part of the story. america's national security elektra nixon rails program known as prison has no doubt ignited global outrage however the pervasive top secret spying system approved and allowed by the obama administration also appears
to be motivating journalists and average internet users to immigrate over to the deep web where the national security agency's all mighty virtual reach purports to be powerless whether users can break out of prison by opting out of apple safari and skype and switching over to alternative for pyar terry software that's anonymous not indexed and leaves no cyber footprint even president obama's indefinite war on whistleblowers and the justice department's recent a.p. and fox news scandals experts say that now is the time for journalists most importantly to learn how to scramble their phones and dive into the n.s.a. free deep web and then from there to the regular and. where you're coming from you're just in the mood. and everything or you. will be
around this being crips it. should be seen in this way now if you google the realization how it can be first and foremost on the house. the electronic frontier foundation has published an online guide indicating a significant amount of ways in which people can opt out of prison the f.-f. is also one of eighty six organizations that are demanding for legislators to move to curtail the n.s.a.'s programs our civil rights advocates are encouraging individuals to join a call by signing up at stop watching dot us as of wednesday evening the website had garnered six. four thousand signatures reporting from new york marina r.t. . all the latest updates on the n.s.a. scandal plus international reaction and analysis a click away at our t.v. dot com. turning to some of the day's other top stories
a man who'd been on life support for days after allegedly being hit in the head by a police gas canister has become the fifth fatality of a crackdown on public protests in turkey wednesday the country's prime minister said a twenty four hour deadline for an end to demonstrations in is stand both in the capital on korea that runs out in the coming hours. reports. actually have seen the largest number of crackdowns than any other city in turkey for the past two weeks the wednesday was kind of the repetition of what happened before was the real people have diverged from a group of protesters who were there initially and then weird off towards the u.s. embassy where police have used tear gas and rubber bullets against them to squash the momentum of the protests that has been happening in ancora obviously this is the capital that's where the seat of the government is though does look like this is the main cause for the police brutality that we're seeing there people from all walks of life having to have been arrested or somehow receive replications for their participation in the protests which everyone said will have to be over within
twenty four hours at this point the protesters have to pack up their tents and abandon gezi park they were all free to carry out a referendum but of course the people out on the street said that is a joke that one kind of a friend could possibly talk about when we have already made it clear that we want the park to stay and they don't want to go there to one said during the meeting with the representatives of the protest movement although even within the people out in the park or there is an increasing feeling that the people who are actually meeting with their no one don't really like the people that haven't really been camping out there for weeks there seem to be some sort of dialogue which obviously seems to have led nowhere several lawyers have been arrested for protesting the police crackdown on tuesday which have been in this town. course they're. going to the streets protesting those arrests as well saying that this is no kind of democracy where people can be arrested just for supporting a cause and to go even further than that we have to remember that there are several
channels in turkey which have been fined for showing the brutal police crackdown on taksim square on tuesday so this again goes with one of the major grievances the protesters have with their two on and that is his suppression of free speech and the real crackdown on the various media outlets in the country but it doesn't seem like it's going to end anytime soon the protesters that we have spoken to insist that they will stay here until their demands are met and the airline obviously doesn't seem like he's going to. we're in for some rather tense situation here in turkey are you gable is one of the protesters who says the brutal action of police and the government's demands that leave little room for compromise. i don't see it and all of a sudden twenty four hours just because prime minister is willing so he has been actually talking about this for the past two weeks and none of the protesters none of the original car that's it from gas to park have left the park i think it's all
i have to do with the police for the past few weeks once the police retreated from jackson square there was no violence it was very peaceful it was very cheerful and in fact the park itself almost had like a festive feeling to it but as soon as the police was back at mile and came back to the part that came back to the area around the park i don't think the government is taking it seriously and psych that i know is blaming everything that's been happening in turkey on the protests type of economy is getting affected by this the fact that some sector is getting affected by this and the fact that the truck is getting a bad image has affected by the protesters and he is just lowest possible figure for all of this and i'm just really afraid that none of the compromises or any other kind of awesome ice is going to be on the table anytime soon. turkish riot police raining down tear gas on protesters and they've got plenty of it with imports of the chemicals having increased fifty four over the last decade or two probably boyko looks at the possible long term effects of the non-lethal gotchas.
an all too familiar sight to many europeans and your stereotype protests in greece spain. and germany. gay marriage demonstrations in france and now antigovernment protests in turkey whatever the occasion for these european governments tear gas is the answer here gas was invented in part to shut people up in thinking about you know this is where where communication meets politics we're talking about a technology a weapon that actually inhibits people from being able to speak that enters into the throat that enters into the lungs that forces people to kind of disperse so it is actually a technology that is the complete opposite of what freedom of assembly and freedom of speech look like vision of a convention prohibits the use of tear gas in international war and yet it's perfectly legal. populations the problem with all of these agencies is their talks
history and the long term effects are worked out primarily on sort of if you like prime age i don't match and we know very well that the p.c.'s there's other gases affects differentially people all people who are pregnant people who are sick and children the past eighty years have seen reports of lost eyes cranial damage and even death as a result of tear gas canisters it's still somehow legal somehow ok for companies manufacturing tear gas to call themselves non-lethal meanwhile the canisters come with labels on them that say this is deadly this could be deadly and the how is that even ok you see the tear gas being used increasingly being extensively particularly because of the intense civil unrest which is developing across europe as a result of the economic crises and you see it in greece you see it in spades really it's not just what's been happening in turkey and the. weapons which are
inevitably the weapons of a regime which is attempting to suppress the. protests of people behind these gates is where it all began at the porton down military research base in england's rural will show c.s. gas was developed and tested has secretly in the one nine hundred fifty s. since then it's become a profitable industry sold to police forces the world over in the form of tear gas and pepper spray in the past four years britain has sold almost as much tear gas to europe as it has to the middle east so it's a weapon system it's manufactured barring a number of companies are companies it's obviously experiment profitable to be to be selling for more civil unrest more issues the more the selling of metal the more money that make america what we would strive amnesties the profits. must never ever
ever come before human rights so what we really need is governments to ensure that when they last seen this stuff they all still think walks and susan and i need to address supplies of money to parents where there is a clear risk as in the case currently in turkey goes to be used in the suppression of if human rights westminster is currently reviewing the export licenses to turkey in light of the istanbul disturbance says but for those worried about it seen creasing use c.s. gas is merely a symptom of more fundamental issues surrounding democracy in europe why are there so many people dissenting right now why is it that we've had such a breakdown in supposedly democratic countries that we can no longer have any kind of mediation or dialogue with their population what kinds of failures of representative government are we seen that that where we go is should we poison them with tear gas or should we what take out machine guns and tanks against them what happened to all the other range of things that exist you know between having
a conversation and poisoning a population. london. still to come here on our team a little more than a minute greenock state television on pause unions walking out and protest at the closure of the state broadcaster with no one but social media and online streaming available to report on the rallies plus. as iranians ready to elect their next president friday we take a look at a race getting the need for reform against a strict adherence to tradition and more still to god stay with us. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so silly you. thank you understand it and then. you hear or
see some other part of it and realized everything. i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture. technology innovation. developments around russia we've. covered. download the official. language stream quality and enjoy your favorite. if you're away from your television just. now with your mobile device you can watch on t.v. anytime anywhere.
you know on our developing story there's been a huge explosion at a chemical plant in the southern u.s. town of geismar which is about one hundred kilometers from new orleans louisiana the blast followed by a massive fire and a mass evacuation so far we know seven people reportedly injured authorities fear there could be more casualties to locals have been advised to keep the windows in their homes closed. this comes less than two months after a similar incident that one in texas where an explosion and a fire at a fertilizer plant killed at least fifteen people almost two hundred people were injured there the explosion also left one hundred buildings destroyed or damaged but the plant in the city of waco reportedly didn't howden been inspected for almost three decades and had been violating safety regulations authorities there launched
a criminal investigation but the cause and that is also yet unknown. mass protests happening in greece after the government pulled state television and radio off the air as part of its cost cutting drive leaving more than two and a half thousand people without jobs labor unions launched a twenty four hour strike which has been joined by various members of the greek media mass protests happening in multiple greek cities with very little coverage staff at the abruptly closed broadcaster trying to continue programming online in defiance of the government decision but the company's phone lines and website both down young plugging of each triggered a revolt in the ruling coalition but the prime minister's allies derrius they weren't consulted before the move george catron gallo's a professor of constitutional law thinks the authorities are trying to distract the public though from the real problems. the majority of the group. this is the. soon as a blue book. of course to the independent source.
for our society in my opinion it's very very soon the government is facing a fairly. tight by this attempt to do to distract the political appearance young towards another goal as you know we are leaving now we know a very dire economic situation so it's good government. it's not believe to control the situation. to walk like about you know decisions that even its allies that we have to other part of this. political coalition are disapproving . you while greece has been downgraded from a developed economy to one of the so-called emerging markets by morgan stanley governments are tending to make huge mistakes that they're trying to tackle their financial woes but still managing to profit according to max kaiser who explained in his latest show take
a less. economic theory of. not. create expensive facts on the ground and normalizes what otherwise would have been willingly accepted by citizens and consumers a complete rubbish many new markets are opened and told those erected by those with the connections to get away with. my bad economics is too bad for everyone else let's move on to another giant story many have covered this but it's interesting to compare it to the whole global financial and banking system banker falls asleep on keyboard at work accidentally transfers two hundred ninety three million dollars a german bank employee was supposed to transfer just sixty two point forty euros from a bank account belonging to a retiree but instead fell asleep for an instant while pushing onto the number two on the keyboard making it a huge two two two two two two two two year order. iran
getting ready to elect a new president six candidates on the block with a first round of voting set for friday the main divide between hard line conservative loyalists and reformers murray if an ocean takes a look at what's at stake. powers away from presidential elections stick around looks like it's usually done business p.t.b. said people have a traffic it's barely noticeable but iran is that a special moment of history you will not see many benner as a posters in iran ahead of the country's eleventh presidential vote but that's not because the offer beaten the way people vote in the run is significantly different from what western people used to experience. if people see a campaign poster they will start thinking they spend lots of money on that where does it all come from and they will draw the conclusion that someone a bank or an organization funds to candidates and that means when a candidate takes power feel will have to give back the money he will owe them and
with such strings attached he'll be never free people will never vote for a politician like that what can i squeeze us but the reason we for candidates to run most cost grassroots space contains with people handing out flyers advertising different political problem sad that some voices to complain they face obstacles in reaching a larger public intellectual peoples who have the right access to internal things more than twelve million people know using internet so. it is much easier to communicate with them but the people in more rural areas we need more more trying to get through them this is the. weak point. this year for the first time ever iran headlines t.v. debates between candidates up to four months to faced some internal and external criticism but the dissidents maintain that despite the need for iran you know it's
still better to give it a try rather than has no debate or told is the presidential legs above from thirty years ago three decades so you know we had the monarch amiable so it's. all new so we are learning and trying to. make better and better every year iran is one of the people islamic states in the world follow in a muslim dominated traditional guidelines is also essential to winning hearts and minds of the voters to his jaw up a candidate who cannot go against their religious or cultural tradition you cannot change the way women where he jobs and asked for taboos on foreign policy issues you cannot come out and say iran will become a friend of the us or israel mohammad says these restrictions are aimed at protecting the national character of the elections and have to deal with considerable pressure from outside the country you cannot go against values even
democratic countries can do that but perhaps if we weren't under so much pressure from foreign countries that only want to change the government of iran our campaign could be different that you had but not all agree to heart of five of the politicians become more and more distanced from people because the gap is wider and wider and whole election is not more and more like an appointment and this is why i will not be the protests that followed to do thousand and nine elections are still fresh in the memory of many iranians during the unrest between thirty and seventy people were killed hundreds others injured thousands arrested after people staged rallies calling into question to me just victory with a majority of sixty percent may think less people will go to the polls this year as they fear violence but the number of those who is to consider the election a positive development is just as significant as the miniature nino's law mixtape not saudi arabia nor could they ever have elections like we have in those countries
it's more like someone has appointed them to a post for the outside of elections in iran may seem unusual a different radical it from what's come to be the norm in the west but if you look closely you can see a picture that is familiar in many countries a public divided in who they want to vote for and. to make the tough decision. the notion hot seat to iran iran. the pros and cons of iran's election system center stage in our worlds apart program with exxon avoid go the full episode of the show airing in a few hours here on our t.v. take a look compared to the ramey and this is not the best but it's not the worst even there one should leave that constitution to do people the best you can do those things we cannot under the country's. turning out of some other stories making international headlines around ninety
three thousand people more than seven hundred children among them killed since the start of the civil war in syria a u.n. estimate of the report admits the real figure to be higher than earlier u.n. study called the level of killing unbearable suggesting both sides are using children as a means of warfare the armed conflict started in two thousand and eleven when president bashar al assad refused demands to step down. in afghanistan six police have been shot dead at a checkpoint in the country's south it's a spec did two of their colleagues who are missing may have killed them and fled if proven it would be the latest in a series of so-called insider attacks where taliban insurgents infiltrated security services. the french railway system has been crippled by a workers' strike up to seventy percent of train service is expected cancelled till friday the strike triggered by plans to reorganize a state owned train operators that protesters fear could lead to job cuts is just a day after air traffic controllers walked off the job leaving thousands of flights
grounded. and up next i mean martin and breaking the set stay with us. you know when i was in school they would tell us stories about that other goofy economic system in the eastern bloc and about why it was doomed to fail they tell us how terrified communist bureaucrats would work very hard to give the illusion of a fish and see when their bosses were in town a century out of fear they would try to convince the state that everything was just fine they pronounce a fresh coat of paint on some stuff bump up their numbers in the books and get employees to put a smile on for the cameras so they wouldn't lose their jobs yeah this our teachers told us was a sign of true doomed economics rolling the clock forward twenty or thirty years
the bosses of the current global economic system are in town and many locations around the upcoming g eight summit in northern ireland are doing their best to hide their economic downturn from the media according to our t.v. news the government of northern ireland has spent two million pounds dealing with derelict buildings some of these buildings have simply been knocked out but some have been spruced up like butcher shops with images of meat stuck over the windows to hide their barren interiors or the now famous local office supply store which contains no office supplies at all but it sure does look nice and i guess that's what counts spending two million pounds to hype economic downturn from the g eight and other eyes whether than spending it actually you know improving the local economy seems like doomed economic practices to me but that's just my opinion.
you live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous i had lunch. i mean family and the town i believe that i'm seeing the same thing really messed up. in the old story so closely the police it's. worse for the little thing the white house or the. radio guy for minestrone clear. what clothes are about to produce never seen anything like this i'm still. going to break in a set i'm abby martin well antinuclear energy activist in california are celebrate
the closure of the senate over a nuclear plant well many people are heading this is a victory as new questions are rising new concerns have surfaced like who will front the bill of the estimated three billion dollars it will take to close the plant and of course there's the question over what to do with the estimated three million pounds of radioactive fuel stored at the site feel that so radioactive in fact that containment center for this type of material doesn't even exist of course and begging the question of why it was being used in the first place so that leaves the beautiful southern california coast with probably no choice but to host this highly radioactive material for decades to come despite plants closure unfortunately in the closing of the senate over a plant is bittersweet because while the risks of a full blown nuclear meltdown are now in nil they are still a large mess left in its wake this should serve as a stark reminder to the rest of us that a dangerous and counterproductive the supposedly clean energy really is so dry.